Thursday, April 5, 2012

Marine Sergeant Gary Stein to be Discharged

on the marine we wrote about before.

A federal judge refused on Wednesday to block disciplinary action against a Marine who criticized President Barack Obama on Facebook and called him a "domestic enemy" in a posting to an internal military network.

Marine Sergeant Gary Stein, 26, a meteorologist stationed at Camp Pendleton near San Diego, filed suit on Tuesday, saying the Marine Corps was violating his right to free speech. A Southern California congressman has rallied to his defense.

The Marines have said they initiated discharge proceedings against Stein after he posted political statements about Obama on a Facebook page he runs called the "Armed Forces Tea Party."
What's your opinion? Don't members of the military agree to some limitations on their 1st Amendment rights? Aren't there certain things they cannot say due to the fact that they wear the uniform? Isn't disrespect to the Commander-in-Chief a crime?

What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.


  1. These guys take an oath to defend the Constitution that does not apply to them. Makes perfect sense.
    orlin sellers.

  2. You're correct: People who serve in the military choose to accept limitations on some things that they otherwise could say. Watch some movies about the military. You'll hear the line, "We're here to preserve democracy, not to practice it" many times. Captain Kirk even said a variation on that in "The Corbomite Maneuver."

    But since this man's a meteorologist, he can get a job talking about the weather at some local Fox affiliate.

    1. I'll be re-watching The Corbomite Maneuver immediately. The old memory isn't what it once was.